5-Minute Fitness: Broomstick Balance Builder

Who knew a broomstick could help improve core mobility and trim extra belly fat? (Witch hat optional.)

Man doing exercise stretches with a broom.

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Brush up your balance skills. “Using a broomstick can help improve core mobility and trim extra belly fat,” says New York trainer and owner of JayFit Training Studio Justin Jefferson.

Broomstick Twist

  1. Stand tall with legs about shoulder width apart and broomstick held at hips.
  2. Step back with right leg, lowering right knee to floor and raising broomstick to shoulder level. If needed for balance, place broomstick on floor directly in front of you.
  3. Hold position for up to 10 seconds, then return to standing position.
  4. Repeat with other leg.

Repetitions: Work up to 4 sets, three times weekly.

Ready for more? After Step 2, slowly twist body and arms to the left, as shown, and back again. Repeat with other leg, twisting to the right.

This article is featured in the September/October 2019 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. Subscribe to the magazine for more art, inspiring stories, fiction, humor, and features from our archives.

Featured image: Courtesy of Justin Jefferson.

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